March 30 marked a homecoming for Sally Blount ’83, the next dean of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Blount, an engineering systems and Woodrow Wilson School major at Princeton, received her Ph.D. from Kellogg, and in her introductory meeting with students, she shared her excitement for the new job, which she will begin in July. Finance professor Janice Eberly, chairwoman of the dean search committee, also was upbeat, saying that Blount "is ready to take Kellogg to the next level."

Blount, a former consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, has taught at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and New York University's Stern School of Business. Most recently, she served as the vice dean at Stern, overseeing innovations in the undergraduate business curriculum and setting records as a fund-raiser.

Kellogg ranked third in Bloomberg BusinessWeek's latest list of top business schools -- behind the University of Chicago and Harvard -- and the magazine gave the new dean high marks in an April 1 feature story:

"Blount is a bold choice for Kellogg -- a master fund-raiser at a time when Kellogg's endowment sustained annual losses of 26 percent in 2009 and a curriculum innovator with a global bent and extensive international experience at a time when Kellogg is seeking to continue extending its global reach."

(Photo courtesy of New York University, Stern School of Business)

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